Galleries to Feature Printmaker, Contemporary Artist in November

"Biosphere II" -- relief, wax, pigment, polyester film by Taryn McMahon

Oct. 25, 2016 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — IIlinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley galleries will feature the work of Ohio-based printmaker Taryn McMahon and contemporary artist Gretchen Beck in November. The exhibits will open Nov. 7 with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

McMahon’s exhibit in the Merwin Gallery is entitled “Biosphere.” Her work uses images of patterned botanicals to investigate sites and histories, highlighting the complicated construction of an idea of ‘nature.’

Currently an assistant professor of art at Kent State University, McMahon has received numerous awards for her work including the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship and funded residencies in Colorado, Chicago, New York and Berlin. Her prints are in the collections of Art in Embassies Program, Collection of the U.S. Embassy in Iceland; Anchor Graphics in Chicago; the University of Iowa; and Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosedale, N.Y. McMahon will present a gallery walk of her work on Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

"Ce-izly" -- mixed media collage on panel by Gretchen Beck 

Beck’s art is inspired by her research in Niger, West Africa, where she lived for three years.

“My art involves an exploration of the Nigerien landscape, the Djerma and Fulani cultures, and the art forms they create,” she said. “This abstract work portrays ritual and tradition in Nigerien culture.”

Her portfolio combines painting with oil on wood, drawing with oil paint, collage, ink drawings, mixed-media works, charcoal and graphite on paper. Beck was previously professor of art and chair of the art department at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. She is currently working as a professional artist. Her exhibit at Illinois Wesleyan’s Wakeley Gallery is entitled “Hatta-Hatta.”

Both shows remain on exhibit though Dec. 9. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries will be closed Nov. 22-28 for Thanksgiving. The galleries are located in the Joyce. G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building, 6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington.

For more information, contact the galleries at (309) 556-3822.